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Obituaries: June 20, 2018

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Obituaries from the June 20 paper.

Roger Dale Ashworth, Sr., 72, was born on Nov. 23, 1945 in Singer and passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018 in DeQuincy.

He is survived by his children, Roger Dale Ashworth, Jr. of Baytown, Texas, Bradley Ashworth and wife, Leslie of Ragley, Todd Ashworth, Jody Ashworth and Kara Ashworth all of Lake Charles; along with his grandchildren, Reese, Hayden, Hadley, Holden, Lakyn, Gracelyn, Brenton and Samantha.

He is also survived by his siblings, Welborn Ashworth and wife, Nancy, H. L. Perkins, Kenny Perkins and wife, Valerie, Larry Perkins, William Perkins and wife, Rhonda, Betty Briggs and husband, Jack, Shelia Fontenot and husband, Keith, Pat Perkins and wife, Emily, Patricia Hall, Irene Nowell, and Inell Clark.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lexie Ashworth and Florence West Ashworth Perkins; his stepfather, Louis Perkins; his siblings, Homer Ashworth, Ola Ashworth, James Ashworth, Willie Ashworth, Harold Ashworth, Paul Ashworth, Sr., Helen Ratcliff and Cheryl Perkins; and one granddaughter, Mekayla Ashworth.

The family received friends on Friday, June 15, from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 7 p.m. The visitation and service were held at Bible Baptist Church in DeQuincy. Bro. Harry Methvin officiaited. There was a private burial at Good Hope Cemetery.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Roger’s name to a charity or organization of choice.

Arrangements were handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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Norma L. Rankin, 84 was born Jan. 24, 1934 and passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

She is survived by her husband, John Thomas Rankin; son, David Rankin and wife, Debbie; daughter, Dawn Marie Hall; 11 grandchildren; and numerous other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Allen Craig Rankin; parents, Harry Joseph and Evelyn Cowan McAdoo; and brother, Gary McAdoo. At the request of the family there will be no services.

Arrangements are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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Mildred Lorenz Leal, of Houston, Texas passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston.

She was born to her late parents, Theodore and Mary Lorenz on Feb. 22, 1945 in Lake Charles.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed going to her vacation home in Oretta, where she loved getting to visit with her kinfolks. Mildred was known for her strange gifts and loved getting a laugh out of it.

She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Robert Leal; one son, Patrick Leal and wife Karen of Houston, Texas; one brother, Jerry Lorenz of Oretta; three sisters, Dorothy Fowler and husband Eugene of Ragley, Evelyn Cooley and husband Allen of DeRidder, and Agnes Franklin of Oretta; along with four grandchildren, Jacob, Kyla, Alice, and Max.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Genie Lorenz, Clarence Lorenz; and one sister, Lucille Engbrock.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Oretta Pentecostal Church of Singer (Oretta Community) with Rev. Dustin Rose and Pastor Author Hemmenway officiating. Visitation was held at Oretta Pentecostal Church on Friday, June 15, from 5-9 p.m. and resumed at the church on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial followed at Oretta Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

Services were entrusted to Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy.

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Frank Clinton Hyatt, 69, a resident and native of Starks was born on Oct. 17, 1948 and passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Frank proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie Hyatt; children, Sandy Brown and husband, Darren of Starks, Johnny Hyatt of Cypress, Texas and Cody Lee Hyatt and wife, Emily of Starks; along with five grandchildren, Ethan, Randi-Kay, Codee, Amanda and Cobee.

He is also survived by his siblings, Lynn Foster and wife, Patricia, James Hyatt and wife, Jeanie Faye and Lou Ann Clark and husband, Ted Ray.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Larkin Hyatt and Winnie Foster Hyatt; five brothers and three sisters.

The family received friends on Tuesday, June 19, from 5-8 p.m. at The First Pentecostal Church, 225 Highway 109 S, Starks. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 20, beginning at 10 a.m. at The First Pentecostal Church in Starks. Interment will follow at Hyatt Cemetery in Fields.

Arrangements were handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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James Ray Johnson, 93, of Starks died Sunday, June 10, 2018 in a local care facility.

Mr. Johnson was born in Starks and lived there much of his life, with some years spent in Albuquerque and central Texas. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, and another year after the war, and later served briefly in the Air Force. He worked as an accountant in the construction industry most of his life.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Frances Rasberry; daughters, Katherine Dianne "K.D." Sullivan and Anna Donaquricha "DQ" Shelton; one grandson; four step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nine step great-grandchildren; and four step great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmie Johnson and Lydia Johnson; seven siblings; his wife, Dorothy Lea Johnson; step-son, Thomas L. Speakmon, Jr.; and two step-grandchildren.

His graveside service with military honors was held Friday, June 15, at Doyle Cemetery in Starks.

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Dr. James A. Sample, 87, died Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at his daughter’s home in Natchitoches.

Funeral service was held Saturday, June 16, at Gallagher Funeral Home in Ball. Interment followed at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ball. Rev. Ronnie Parks presided.

Dr. Sample grew up in Little River County, Ark. He graduated from Ashdown High School in 1948, where he was the Captain of his football team. He subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and served as a propeller specialist during the Korean War. During the war, he was stationed in Japan, where he repaired planes returning from combat. There, he met a missionary couple who eventually led him to realize his calling to be a pastor. It was then that he began to volunteer his free time at an orphanage near his base, where he taught the Bible to Japanese children who were orphaned during World War II.

After he returned from Japan, he made the decision to surrender to the ministry. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana College, and his Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He pastored and grew several churches in Brewton, Ala., Columbia Heights, West Monroe, Sulphur, Vinton, DeQuincy, and Westlake. His longest tenure as pastor was at First Baptist Church of Sulphur from 1972 until 1999. In the later years of his ministry, he served a term on the Board of Trustees at Louisiana College and served as an adjunct professor for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Sample; his daughter, Margaret DeAnn Lynch her husband John Michael; three grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Parvin and Dena Pearl Sample

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Scott D. Spooner, 64, of Ragley, died Thursday, June 14, 2018, in a local hospital.

He was born in Lake Charles, and has resided in the Moss Bluff/Ragley area most of his life. He was a graduate of Sam Houston High School and received a degree at McNeese State University. He and his wife moved to Utah, where they lived for 16 years, and received three more degrees from Utah State University and worked for the federal government. For the next three decades, he owned and operated Spooner and Associates, Inc. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Longville.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Spooner of Ragley; two sons, Brandon Spooner (Lisa) of Ragley, and Jason Spooner (Candace) of Moss Bluff; mother, Janette Spooner of Moss Bluff; a sister, Carol Spooner of Moss Bluff; a brother, Skip Spooner of Moss Bluff; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, David Raymond Spooner.

A memorial service was held Monday, June 18, at First Baptist Church in Longville. Rev. Stuart Graves officiated.

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Joyce Marie Bruce Trussell, 68, was born Mar. 30, 1950 and passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018.

Joyce is survived by her two children, Daniel Richard Hill and wife, Donna and Casey Trussell; two grandchildren, Angel and Haelee; numerous other relatives and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Trussell.

Funeral arrangements are pending and are being handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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Funeral services for Virginia Louise Moore Bowles, 82, were held Monday, June 18, at Ardoin/Allen Parish Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. Alan W. McBride and Rev. Dan Husak officiated. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery of Jennings.

She was a resident of Oberlin and member of Oberlin Methodist Church where she served as secretary/treasurer for several years. She was a member of the Oberlin Homemaker Club in her younger years.

Survivors include her two sons, Jimmy Bowles and wife Melissa of Longville, and Jeffery Bowles of Ragley; two sisters, Miriam Kahl of Jennings, and June Festavan of New Braunfels, Texas; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Effie Moore Sr.; her former husband, James “Buck” Bowles; infant sons, Lynn and Glen Bowles; and one brother.

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Laurice Bennett Mouton, Jr. “Benny”, 62, of Ragley died Monday, June 11, 2018.

After graduation from La-Grange High School in 1973, he began his career in law enforcement working for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff ’s Office before moving to San Diego, Calif. After retiring from the Federal Bureau of Prisons he worked for the United States Marshals as court room security until 2013, when he moved to Ragley to be near family. He was also a certified firearms instructor, training and instructing at numerous academies and institutions.

Survivors include his mother, Shirley Mouton of Ragley; and sister, Jolane Lonidier of Ragley.

He was preceded in death by his father, Laurice Bennett Mouton, Sr.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, June 19, in St. Pius X Catholic Church of Ragley. Father Tim Goodley officiated. Interment followed in Squyres United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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Kristina Rae Dunham, 25, of Orange, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Port Arthur, Texas.

Visitation was held at 12:30 p.m. prior to funeral services at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas.

Born in Nederland, Texas, on Apr. 5, 1993, she was the daughter of Mark Dunham and Jacqueline E. Shaffer (Ernst). Kristina enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends and family. She will be dearly missed by all those who came to know and love her.

She is survived by her parents, Jackie Shaffer of West Orange, and Mark Dunham and wife Michelle of DeQuincy; grandparents, Bill Ernst of West Orange, and Shirley Hollander of DeQuincy; son, Kayden Dunham; sister, Amanda Lenz and husband Christian of Montgomery; niece, Bella Lenz; and step-brother, Shane Hollander of DeQuincy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crohn’s and Colitis Research Foundation at www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org, under the “Get Involved” link.

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Marion Francis Whittington, 83, was born on Mar. 26, 1935 in DeRidder and passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 in Lake Charles.

Marion loved to cook for friends and family and visit with them in her home. She lovingly and diligently enjoyed serving in the kitchen at her church, The First Baptist Church of DeQuincy. She served as a Pink Lady at DeQuincy Memorial Hospital for many years. Marion met and married Joseph Whittington, the love of her life, in 1954. Even though he passed away in 1987, she remained his loving wife and he continued to be her lifelong love. The joy of her life was her grandchildren and she enjoyed those special moments whether it was baking, singing silly songs or playing childhood games. She was her happiest when she was able to attend their many activities. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Desi Paine and husband, David, Jr. of Carlyss, Melissa Pierce and husband, Kevin of Lake Charles, and Flamond Whittington of DeQuincy; six grandchildren, Bridgett, Kristen, Joey, Summer, Grace Anne and Trapper; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Velma Streams of DeQuincy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Erastis Shirley and Beulah Welch Shirley; her husband, Joseph Whittington; and her siblings, Huey Shirley, Jack Bell, Gerald Bell, Versie Bell, Lucille Taylor and Marie Ragle.

The family received friends on Monday, June 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Riley Smith Funeral Home in DeQuincy. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 19, beginning at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 201 S Pine Street, DeQuincy with Pastor Gil Arthur officiating. Interment followed at Perkins Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Riley Smith Funeral Home, 1810 W. Fourth St., DeQuincy.

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Dennis Louis “Denny” Bertrand, 88, of Spokane, Wash. passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018.

He was born to Jacob (Jake) and Ludy Treme Bertrand on Dec. 15, 1929.

He lived near DeQuincy in the Perkins Settlement during his childhood and youth. Denny attended DeQuincy schools where he was a member of the DHS football team. He also attended Pine Grove Baptist Church during that time. As a young adult, Denny moved to Spokane, Wash. where he worked as a plumber/steamfitter. He shared the message of Jesus Christ with those he met. Denny had a constant song in his heart, always singing, whistling, and enjoyed a life filled with laughter.

Denny is survived by his wife at heart, Mieko Bertrand of Spokane; daughter, Darla Merriman of Post Falls, Idaho; stepchildren, Tom Bertrand, Greg Wolt and Jann Olsen; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and numerous friends. He is also survived by his sister, Nettie Sue Walker of Houston, Texas: two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Gene (Zora) Bertrand of Lake Charles and Mrs. Shirley (Nell) Bertrand of Sulphur; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Alvin, Sherman, Shirley, J. W. “Junior”, Huey P. “Tucker”, and Gene; and his sister, Isabelle Fotenos.

A Graveside Service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 21, at The Masonic Cemetery of DeQuincy.

Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

Services were entrusted to Hixson-Snider Funeral Home, 205 E. Harrison St., DeQuincy.

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Amber Michelle Day, 38, of DeRidder died Saturday, June 9, 2018.

She was born in DeRidder and was a 1998 graduate of Rosepine High School. She was a member of the Pentecostal Gospel Lighthouse Church, where she taught children’s Sunday School class.

Survivors include her father, Jerry L. Day of DeRidder; sister, Ashli R. Day of DeRidder.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marilyn A. Day; and her grandparents, Clifton and Anita “Meme” Day and Rev. Wilbern and Helen Ashworth.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 14, at Pentecostal Gospel Lighthouse. Officiants were Rev. Jonathan Bell, Rev. Ed Tilley, Rev. Jeff Phillips and Rev. Donnis Ashworth. Burial followed at Beauregard Cemetery in DeRidder.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests a donation be made to a charity of choice, in honor of Amber M. Day.

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